Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Big To Do List
to MP Peter Mackay
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald
is the first of at least 25 letters from your fellow MPs, that receives my
approval. Until the Conservatives become sensible I will not pay membership.
I live below the
poverty line although I have two university degrees and a wealth of
experience working in 6 provinces of Canada and four countries overseas. I
Most of the legislation has been umbrella stuff without details, which only
the gullible would trust. Generalities are useless for honest
I have written to many of your colleagues, but seldom have they replied, and
then in generalities. Obviously they did not bother to read what I said.
My main sorrows and deep concerns are as follows:
1. CEOs and administrators are highly overpaid and that there are too many
administrators. There are many layers in the hierarchies of civil servants
and in the private sector. No one should be paid more than $150,000 per
2. No one should be paid less than $40,000 per year.
3. The wide difference between rich and poor is evil. Pay the top less and
hire more professionals and paraprofessionals to do the real work at the
grassroots. They know the needs and feasibilities much better than CEOs and
administrators do. Let them be voted democratically into leadership by their
peers for two year terms, without an increase in pay, except for modest
4. The payment of office staff and office space should not be out of their
salary, but separate.
5. I see no need for an ophthalmologist to be paid over $ one million. Some
pay for a staff of 4 or 5 and some for more, in three rooms and some in 10.
Yet all do similar service.
6. Psychiatrists whose education was as long and as expensive as that of
Ophthalmologists are often paid less than $400,000 yet also have office
staff and offices to pay for, and their consultations ought to be at least a
half hour long, so they have fewer patients.
7. Home care for the elderly and people with chronic illnesses is praised,
but there are not enough Home Care Workers hired to visit more than once a
week. One bath a week is uncivilized, yet that is all that is possible. Hire
more people to provide direct care and cut out the upper levels of the
hierarchy. They may have had grassroots experience at one time, but they are
out-dated and out of touch.
8. Similar conditions exist in all ministries: parks, forestry, fishing,
education, welfare, child care, transportation, agriculture, etc.
9. Stop the importing of hard strawberries, waxed apples, and genetically
modified celery, asparagus, lettuce and peppers, etc from the USA or Mexico
and promote use of local land for growing fruit and vegetables. It is now
used to grow hedging and shrubs for gardens because farmers have nowhere to
sell fruit and vegetables. The answer is to have refrigerated container cars
on light railways(trams), each serving as six different farmers' markets one
day a week.
10. Revive old railway lines and build a new network of them to make it easy
to travel about without cars. They are much cheaper, safer and cleaner. See
www.railforthevalley.com and the Leewood Proposal 84 page report, which are
accurate and realistic.
11. When comparing capital costs of road and rail infrastructure don't
ignore the maintenance and updating (widening and bridge building). Don't
ignore the health care costs due to pollution (respiratory, cardiac,
arthritic, mental, etc).
12. Perhaps no one should get a pension from their employment. Why? Because
the majority of jobs are now paid by the hour and are so short term, casual
and sporadic that there is no employment Insurance, housing, dental,
transportation or any other benefits for most Canadians. The poor are
getting poorer and the middle class are becoming poor.
13. Strikes now by teachers and health care workers are not so much about
salaries, as about heavy work loads. Professionals are dissatisfied because
they are so overworked that they cannot maintain high standards.
14. Where will money come from to hire more staff in every ministry? By
cutting out bureaucratic staff and paying CEOs and administrators less. If
they escape to the USA, let them go. The worthy capable people will work for
15. There should be a Senate because of "sobre second thoughts" and because
of their valuable committee work, as seen on CPAC TV. However they should
not get a salary after they are 65. Let them serve as volunteers as I and
millions of elderly people do gratis. Only modest travel expenses are
16. The newsletter sent out monthly by my MP should leave space for
comments. The questions should not contain more than one variable, and they
should not be vague. It is impossible to say yes or no. There is always some
concern to be discussed. Whoever designs them does not have a clue about
research. If it is an assistant in the Prime Minister's office, fire him.
About the Myrtle Macdonald
She is has a M.Sc. Applied (in Nursing
Research and Education), McGill University.
She is a retired
registered nurse living in Chilliwack and now working with the local
chapter of the BC Schizophrenia Association. Myrtle was a street
nurse for many years in places like India and Montreal. She turned
92 in June and is one of the Voice's most popular contributors.
A Letter from Peter Mackay
Victims have a
right to privacy and security
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald
We believe the justice system must put the rights of victims ahead of the
rights of criminals.
That's why Canada's Conservatives promised to rebalance the scales of
Canadian justice with a Victims Bill of Rights, including:
a.. Right to information: Victims will have access to information about the
justice system, victim services, and specific information about their case.
b.. Right to protection: Victims will have their security and privacy
protected during the criminal justice process.
c.. Right to participation: Victims will be able to present a victim impact
statement and have their views considered at various stages of the criminal
d.. Right to restitution: Victims can ask the court to consider restitution
when there are easy-to-calculate financial losses
Today, we introduced legislation to ensure victims’ rights are enshrined
Promise made, promise kept.
Only Canada's Conservatives can be counted on to stand up for victims and
keep our streets safe.
Watch our newest video on the Victims Bill Of Rights and add your name if
you're with us:
MP, Central Nova
Copyright (c) 2009-2014 The Valley Voice